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Berkeley Lab Awarded DOE Grants for Greener Buildings

Berkeley Lab has been awarded more than $4 million by the Department of Energy (DOE) to undertake three projects aimed at improving the energy efficiency of buildings, which account for more than 40 percent of the country’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Calling All Innovators: Submit Your Ideas for Smart, Energy Efficient Buildings!

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) wants your ideas on how to make buildings smarter and more energy efficient. As a DOE national lab, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is partnering with the DOE and private industry on JUMP, an online crowdsourcing community for building technologies. You can submit your ideas on specific technology

Berkeley Lab Scientists Developing Paint-on Coating for Energy Efficient Windows

It’s estimated that 10 percent of all the energy used in buildings in the U.S. can be attributed to window performance, costing building owners about $50 billion annually, yet the high cost of replacing windows or retrofitting them with an energy efficient coating is a major deterrent. Berkeley Lab researchers are seeking to address this problem with creative chemistry—a polymer heat-reflective coating that can be painted on at one-tenth the cost.

DOE Secretary Helps Usher in New Era of Energy Research at Berkeley Lab

Inaugurated today with help from U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Berkeley Lab’s new General Purpose Laboratory will be devoted to flagship centers in materials sciences and energy storage research, as well as to key biosciences programs. Among the building’s new tenants will be the Berkeley Lab site of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, or JCESR, a multi-lab program aimed at achieving revolutionary advances in battery performance.

Department of Energy’s FLEXLAB Opens Testbeds to Drive Dramatic Increase in Building Efficiency

The world’s most advanced energy efficiency test bed for buildings is open for business, launched today by U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman. FLEXLAB is already signing up companies determined to reduce their energy use by testing and deploying the most energy efficient technologies as integrated systems under real-world conditions. The facility includes a rotating test bed to track and test sun exposure impacts, and other high-tech features.

Berkeley Lab-led Collaboration with China Speeds Development of Green Buildings

The U.S.–China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency Consortium (CERC-BEE), which launched three years ago has made steady progress toward the research and development of low-energy technologies for buildings, including patent applications and new product launches this year, about 100 articles published, and five demonstration projects in China that validate, fine-tune, and showcase everything from smart windows to advanced lighting controls to microgrids.

Berkeley Lab Launches Building Energy Performance Research Project at New FLEXLAB Testing Facility

The DOE’s David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, was on hand in Berkeley April 14 to tour FLEXLAB™, the Facility for Low Energy experiments in Buildings, run by Berkeley Lab’s Environmental Energy Technologies Division. Danielson and Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos also met with executives from construction firm Webcor. Webcor’s testing in FLEXLAB will allow its engineers to predict and improve the energy performance for a new building constructed for biotech company, Genentech. A building mockup for Genentech will be studied at different building orientations, specific to the actual construction site. As part of his visit to the Lab, Danielson also toured the Molecular Foundry.

Berkeley Lab Researcher Proposes Phones and Other Devices as Energy-Saving Tools

When is a phone not a phone? When it’s serving as an occupancy sensor for energy-saving purposes. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researcher Bruce Nordman had an idea several years ago to take advantage of existing devices in office buildings by using them for energy efficiency purposes. In the United States buildings are responsible

Building Performance Database Helps Building Owners, Investors Evaluate Energy Efficient Buildings

A new database of building features and energy use data helps building managers, owners, real estate investors, and lenders evaluate the financial results of energy efficiency investment projects and identify high and low-performing buildings. The database is being developed by a Berkeley Lab team led by Paul Mathew.

What’s the cost of a healthy home?

California’s residential ventilation requirements in Title 24 (the State energy code for buildings) are designed to balance healthy home ventilation with efficient energy use, but some studies suggest that whole-house ventilation systems don’t always meet their expected performance in either category. Commissioning a systematic evaluation of the installed system to identify deficiencies and offer solutions